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MPs to review policing reforms

MPs will investigate the effect that the most radical reforms to policing in 50 years will have on the future of the service, it was announced today.

Senior doctor calls for drugs law reform

Illegal drugs should be decriminalised because the blanket ban has failed to cut crime or improve health, a leading doctor has said.

17,000 immigration appeals unopposed

Thousands of appeals against immigration decisions succeeded last year without the Home Office even attending a hearing to defend its original rejections, figures showed today.

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Margaret Hodge, the former Labour minister, has been handed one of the most powerful backbench jobs in the Commons after winning the election to lead parliament's government spending watchdog.

<i>IoS</i> 'One of the Above' campaign letters special

Voting is indeed "one of the most precious freedoms we can have", but the low turnouts in recent elections have shown just how few people in this country appreciate it. Low participation diminishes our democracy, and it would be a devastating blow if the expenses scandal and general political disillusionment were to deter even more people from taking part.

Government urged to act on would-be young offenders

The Government needs to place more emphasis on early intervention when it comes to identifying and dealing with potential young offenders, a group of MPs said today.

Questions raised over value of DNA crime matches

DNA matches from the national database help solve as few as one crime in every 1,300, it was claimed today.

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Funding cuts to helpline could lead to service closing down within six months

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But what on earth were they up to? What did they think they were doing? It's marvellous how bad politicians are at this sort of thing. They couldn't organise an act of congress on a porn set.

Jerome Taylor: Keith Vaz's familiar outrage cuts no ice with gamers

For those who play computer games the furore over the latest Call of Duty title is an all too predictable and depressingly familiar controversy. At least once every year a politician – normally one who has never picked up an Xbox controller in their life – howls with outrage and righteous indignation at the latest software release to have upset the moral brigade.

Paul Vale: The Modern Warfare 2 outcry is woefully predictable

As laughable as it was predictable, MP Keith Vaz has criticised the publication of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, a new game from Activision that features scenes of violence and places gamers in scenarios where they are asked to decide whether to kill civilians in order to infiltrate a group of Russian terrorists.

Minister faces inquiry over illegal worker

The Attorney General, Baroness Scotland, was fighting for her political career last night as immigration officials began an investigation into how she came to hire an illegal worker as a housekeeper.

Probe into law chief's illegal worker

Immigration officials launched an investigation today into revelations that the Attorney General, Baroness Scotland, employed an illegal migrant.

John Walsh: Only a t*** would not know the meaning of the word

Just as David Cameron missed the point last year about the song "Eton Rifles" by The Jam (it's not, in fact, a recruiting hymn to the school cadet force, as Paul Weller had to explain to him), he now fails to realise that one doesn't use the word "twat" in polite company.

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